Reliance Industries Ltd Director (corporate affairs) Parimal Nathwani announced that the company is planning to build the world’s largest zoo in Gujarat’s Jamnagar. According to Nathwani, the zoo is a pet project of RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son, Anant, and will boast of close to 100 different species of animals.

The company has selected over 280 acres of land near its own refinery project at Moti Khavdi. The refinery project is the world’s largest oil refining plant. The company is operating a petrochemicals project as well on the same plant.

The zoo project was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now likely to open for public in the next two years.

“It will be called ‘Greens Zoological, Rescue & Rehabilitation Kingdom’. All the required approvals from concerned central and state government authorities have already been obtained,” Nathwani said as quoted by The Times of India.

Talking about a rescue centre recently set up by the RIL, Nathwani said: “The centre is a CSR initiative meant to aid the forest department in sheltering big cats like leopards that have been injured or come into conflict with humans. It is separate from the zoo project and won’t open for the public.”

Reliance is planning to make sections for different animals in the zoo with titles like Forest of India, Insect Life, Frog House, Dragon’s Land, Wild Trail of Gujarat, Exotic Island and Aquatic Kingdom.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is not “fully aware” about the project but its additional director-general of forests (wildlife), Soumitra Dasgupta, believes that the Reliance’s project will set a good example for private investors.

“We are aware of RIL’s interest and passion for wildlife and its conservation. While not fully aware of the project details, I’m sure it will set a good example for private participation in wildlife conservation,” he said.